Washington, DC – The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) announced today it is joining forces with the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) to form the National Patient Safety Organization (PSO) for Assisted Living. The PSO will electronically collect data from NCAL’s participating assisted living members on a range of clinical performance outcomes and processes. The effort is the first of the profession’s kind to be carried out at a national level and will develop insightful reports highlighting the causes of patient safety events in assisted living settings.
“Assisted living communities have always been committed to high quality care, but this PSO changes the ballgame. Having the data that demonstrates this commitment is paramount in today’s health care world,” said Dave Kyllo, Executive Director of NCAL. “NCAL members will be able to identify where they can improve, partner with other area providers and demonstrate their dedication to their residents.”
PSOs were created under federal law and serve as a group of independent external experts who can collect, analyze and aggregate Patient Safety Work Product locally, regionally and nationally to develop insights into the underlying causes of patient safety events. Communications with PSOs are also designed to protect participants from increased liability regarding the data they submit.
NJHA’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety is a federally designated PSO with certification from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Earlier this year, the NCAL Board of Directors voted to collaborate with NJHA’s PSO to collect important clinical performance data. This data includes hospital readmissions, the off-label use of antipsychotics, medication errors, falls and fall assessments, pressure ulcers, and pain management, among other quality metrics. By participating in the initiative, individual assisted living communities potentially could reduce their liability costs and exposures while contributing to national safety and quality efforts.
“We’re very excited to be working with the National Center for Assisted Living to form this new relationship,” said Betsy Ryan, President and CEO of NJHA. “It is another excellent opportunity to improve the quality of care delivered to this unique population.”
NCAL members may begin signing up for the PSO now through the effort’s website: www.ncalpso.org. NCAL aims for data collection to begin on January 1, 2014.
The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) represents more than 2,700 not-for-profit and proprietary assisted living and residential care communities dedicated to continuous improvement in the delivery of professional compassionate care and services for the elderly and disabled. NCAL is the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association.